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breaking news tonight. a crushing defeat for president trump. facing a devastating loss, the president and paul ryan pulling the republican health care bill minutes before the vote. moments ago, the president responding. and saying obamacare will explode. >> we learned a lot about loyalty. >> president trump also announcing his next move. we have team coverage. severe storms on the march. heavy rain and hail moving in this weekend. 14 million americans in the path. missing signs? new information revealed about the london terror
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street inferno. cars in flames. one leaking gasoline, igniting a fire line. and runway scare. for the first time, harrison ford's exchange with the control tower, right after missing a passenger jet. good evening. i'm tom llamas. in for david. we begin with president trump suffering his biggest defeat since winning the election. forced to pull the republican health care bill minutes before the vote in the house, where it was certain to fail. just minutes ago, the president announcing obama will explode. the lack of votes forcing president trump to retreat on one of his biggest campaign promises. and the president sounding humble when he described how it all played out. >> we all learned a lot, about loyalty, about the vote-getting
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process. we learned a lot about some very arcane rules in obviously both the senate and in the house. so it's been certainly, for me, a very interesting experience. but i think in the end, it will lead to even better health care plans. >> the decision a huge blow to paul ryan, conceding, obamacare is the law of the land. president trump and speaker ryan reluctantly saying it's time to move on. mary bruce on the hill starts us off. >> reporter: tonight on capitol hill, the stunning acknowledgment, republicans have failed to deliver on their promise to the american people. >> i don't know what else to say other than obamacare is the law of the land and will remain until it's replaced. we didn't have the votes, and we'll be living with obamacare for the foreseeable future.
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>> reporter: the day began with an all-out push to get enough republicans on-board. publicly, the party leaders sounding optimistic. but by mid-morning, it was clear. conservative republicans are standing their ground. >> there's no negotiations. there are no negotiations. >> reporter: it's done? not going to pass? >> yes, so the only thing going on is basically arm-twisting. >> reporter: as an olive branch, president trump agreed to change the bill so insurance companies would no longer be required to cover some basic services. but that was still not enough to get conservatives on-board. but that gave republicans a serious case of the jitters. more and more coming forward to si say they could not vote yes.
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but the closer in chief is playing coy. >> we'll have to see. >> do you think it will pass? >> see what happens. >> did you rush it? >> we'll see what happens. >> reporter: on the house floor, the debate already three hours under way. democrats railing at what they were calling trumpcare. >> there's only one option, and that is to vote no. >> reporter: as the hours kicked by, it became increasingly -- that this bill would not pass. now as the president and speaker had lunch, the white house press secretary told reporters the vote was moving forward. >> the leader and whip are doing vote counts, debate is ongoing. we're proceeding with a 3:30 vote as scheduled. >> reporter: but it was not to
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be. just minutes later, at 3:31 p.m., as the vote was expected to begin, the announcement. >> further consideration of hr-1628 is postponed. the chair declares the house in recess, subject to the call of the chair. >> reporter: ryan, pulling the pull. >> we're on the cusp of fulfilling a promise that we made. we're on the cusp of achieving an ambition we've had for seven years, and we came a little short. >> reporter: defeated republicans, their heads hung low. for the conservative leader who stood in the way -- >> congressman, is health care dead? >> mary, paul ryan says obamacare is the law of the land. does that mean republicans are giving up their effort to mismantle it? >> reporter: for seven years, they've promised to repeal
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replace obamacare, but it appears that it's done. >> thank you. inside the white house, we heard from president trump, remaining defiant, but laying the blame on democrats. is the president ready to tackle his next major issue? here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: the negotiator in chief saying this was one deal he couldn't close. >> i'm disappointed. i'm a little surprised. we nearly had it. it was pretty much within grasp. >> reporter: his first major piece of legislation went down in flames. and now the president pointing the blame at democrats. >> when you get no votes from the other side, it's a difficult
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thing. repealing and replacing obamacare is one of the single most important reasons we must win on november 8th. >> reporter: a pledge to repeal and replace obamacare, and still cover everyone. and he said it was going to be easy. >> you're going to have so enough great health care and it's going to be so easy. >> reporter: and fast. tweeting last year, we will immediately repeal and replace obamacare, and nobody can do that like me. but shortly after taking office, this admission. >> it's an unbelievably complex subject. >> reporter: behind the scenes, the president was making calls, summoning people to meetings. but the man who wrote "the art of the deal" couldn't close this one. and a dire prediction of what
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comes next. >> let obamacare explode, it's exploding right now. >> reporter: even though one of his own negotiating tips is to know when it's time to walk away, he's not walking away. >> i want to have a great health care bill, and it will, and it will happen. >> president trump says he's not giving up on health care. but he's also making it very clear, right now, he's ready to move on to tax reform? >> reporter: the president told people he was happy to have it in the rear view mirror. he says there are big tax cuts to come. but rewriting the tax code is as difficult, perhaps more difficult, than removing obamacare. >> thank you. and president trump ending what has been a brutal week for his presidency. beginning with james comey
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publicly rebuking the wiretap claim. and president trump pulling the plug on the campaign promise to repeal and replace obamacare. the president told voters he would cut the best deals in washington, including on health care. >> reporter: this is a blow to the president's brand. he was the master negotiator. the art of the deal. but even though he was only negotiating with fellow republicans, he found a block. there are republicans willing to defy him, and in doing so, stopping the agenda in its tracks. >> reporter: the president says he will tackle tax reform next. what does he have to do to push through that agenda? >> reporter: it seems to me, given the republicans willing to defy him, he needs to find a way
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to work with democrats to get things done in congress. that would require a major course correction for a white house that has essentially been at war with democrats since the day he got sworn in. >> jonathan, thank you. now for another headline out of washington. the head of the house intelligence committee, appearing to back down from his claim that trump and some of associates were monitored. here here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: appearing to back down from his claim that started a political fire storm. >> can you clarify where trump or his associates were monitored or just mentioned? >> we won't know that until we receive the documentation.
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>> reporter: devin nunez talked to president trump before talking to his own committee. the investigation started after the president's infamous assertion that obama tapped his phones during the kn tonight, democrats are fuming. >> that effort to defend the indefensible has led us down this terrible rabbit hole. >> reporter: committee members infuriated that he's postponing a meeting. >> he seems to be more loyal to the president than our duty to search for the truth. >> reporter: and paul manafort is refusing to testify. >> pierre, director comey went to the white house to meet with
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president trump today. do we know anything about that meeting? >> reporter: he was there for a scheduled meeting, but we're told he did not spoke with the president. >> thank you. and police launching raids in london, arresting more suspects, and authorities releasing a new photo of the alleged attacker. isis calling him their solsols e here's terry moran in london. >> reporter: the face of the killer. police releasing this fphoto of khalid masood. he was british-born, a convert to islam, investigated for his ties to extremism more than a decade ago. this morning, heavily-armed police arrested a suspect in
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birmingham. the question now, did alone? >> articulate, polite, presentable, and he's on his way to commit mass murder. >> reporter: new video emerging today of the moment police took massood down. and nearby, the chaotic moment prime minister teresa may was hustled to safety. and in utah, friends remembered american kurt cochran. one of four americans killed in the attack. >> he wanted to be your friend within five minutes. >> reporter: his wife, still recovering. one of 40 people injured from 11 different countries. that diversity, londoners say,
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show the true face of their welcoming, global city. >> thank you. back here at home, severe weather moving across the south this weekend. pounding hail in texas. the storms moving east tonight. 14 million americans in the path, from kansas to louisiana. to the west, a blizzard shutting down highways in colorado. several trucks stuck. let's go to ginger zee. >> reporter: tom, that severe weather threat is happening now. let's get straight into the maps. you can see upper level low pressure system, twisting over oklahoma. the counterclockwise rotation, from arkansas into texas. and the severe thunderstorm watch in wichita at this moment. and the orange, elevated risk in arkansas and east texas, that's
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the area that needs to watch. through mississippi, saturday, afternoon and evening, from birmingham to montgomery to the gulf coast. tom? >> thank you. next tonight, the amtrak derailme derailment making a mess in new york. suffering a minor derailment, sideswiping a new jersey there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the street inferno. cars in flames, igniting a fire line. and harrison ford's exchanges with the control
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finally tonight,america strong." a marine veteran wounded in afghanistan, making history by become a police officer. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: his world turned upside-down in 2011. stepping on an ied, instantly losing both of his legs. >> i didn't know if i could continue to have a normal life. >> reporter: taking more steps forward, leading him to this. tonight, he becomes the first
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we were very close. it was a very, very tight margin. we had no democrat support. >> it's the end of the line for the health care bill, at least for now. the bill failed to get enough support to pass, so it was pulled before it could go to the floor for a vote. good afternoon, i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. we'll have more on the collapse of that health care bill in just a few minutes, but we start with all this rain. we start with a live look outside. dark and dreary from our emeryville camera and our roof camera shows rain falling in san francisco. >> check out the flooding in sonoma county on green valley road. crews were just working on this road to try to stop this problem. abc 7 news was in san francisco's financial district as people huddled under umbrellas to stay dry. let's get the conditions where you live with spencer christian. >> the rain was much heavier earlier this afternoon and the wind was stronger as well.
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here's a look at live doppler 7. only light rain as we close in on parts of the east bay, reaching down into the south bay and the santa cruz mountains. more rain and more wind may develop later. this storm ranks 1 on the storm impact scale. we've downgraded it a bit. we'll see light rain, diminishing wind but roadways will remain wet so don't jump to the conclusion the evening commute will be a breeze. here's our forecast animation. areas of light to moderate rain redeveloping and sweeping through the area in the late afternoon and early evening hours. after 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. we'll see the rain breaking up into light showers. then we'll see partial clearing going into the overnight hours which means tomorrow, saturday, will start off under mostly sunny and dry conditions. the rest of the weekend may not be sunny and dry. i'll have a look at that a little later.